Johnny Ray Salsa Con Clase

Johnny Ray Salsa Con Clase

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This is a world renowned Latin band with over 40 recordings, 10 gold records, 3 platinum and several Grammy nominations.

Biography

JOHNNY RAY - BIOGRAPHY
Johnny Ray was born in Quebradilla, a small town on the western coast of Puerto Rico. He arrived in New York City at age ten where he developed an overwhelming interest in percussion. As he grew older, an equally intense desire began to emerge; Johnny wanted to become what he is today, not only a percussionist but also as the leader of his own band – a status he reached early in his career and that he solidly maintains today.

Although his professional career began as a sideman playing timbales and later on the bongos, Johnny Ray discovered the congas, found them extremely exciting and fell in love with their sound. His desire to master the instrument became an obsession that consumed him uncontrollably so he applied himself to the task at hand and found a rewarding feeling in his effort. " Playing the congas was like getting a charge of energy," Johnny confesses. "The more I played, the more energized I became. As in the past, that feeling is still with me today and it continues to affect not only the musicians in the band but also the people in the audience."

Johnny Ray is definitely one of the most successful musicians in the business blessed with an uncanny ability to foresee music changing trends. In 1988, Johnny founded the highly popular Salsa con Clase. His readiness to assimilate new styles is undeniable, every one of the band's releases attests to this fact. "Call it evolution or adaptation but my music has always reflected current trends," states Johnny. "Traditionally, music fans eagerly welcome refreshing changes. I've always tried my best to give them exactly that...and I've never made a secret about it!"

Since its inception, Johnny Ray & Salsa con Clase have released eight original albums and a compilation of the band's hits. In 1997, as a result of his decision to record and produce his own music, Johnny established Scala Musical and JZ Production, a recording label and a production/booking company respectively. Johnny Ray & Salsa con Clase productions have been distributed domestically and internationally by several major labels.

Colleges:
Baruch, Brooklyn, Hostos, Hunter,
John Jay, Kingsborough, Laguardia,
Manhattan, Montclair State, Queens.

Universities:
Berkely, Buffalo State, Columbia,
Pace, Rutgers, St. John's,
Stony Brook, University of Delaware.

Countries:
Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, England, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru,
Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland,
Venezuela.

On Stage With:
Marc Anthony, Joe Arroyo, Ray Barreto,
Ruben Blades, Conjunto Clasico,
Willie Colon, El Gran Combo,
Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Fajardo,
La India, Demencion Latina,
Hector Lavoe, Millie y Los Vecinos,
Machito, Grupo Niche, Tito Nieves,
Tommy Olivencia, Johnny Pacheco,
Sonora Ponsena, Puerto Rican Power,
Tito Puente, Jerry Rivera,
Tito Rodriguez, Willie Rosario,
Eddie Santiago, Bobby Valentin,
Johnny Ventura, Fernandito Villalona.

Discography

Boogaloo Frog, Camino De Fama, Epoca De Oro 18k, Mascarada 2, Da'le Parriba, Encendido, Romantico Con Timba, Mas Agresivo Que Nunca, Suavecito, Crossing Over, Cali Salsero, Yo Soy Boricua, Reggeaton Con Salsa and Estrella De Navidad

Set List

Mascarada, Bandolera, You're My Everything, Lady, El Que La Hace La Paga, Tienes La Mente Loca, Lejos De Ti, Soñando Con Puerto Rico, La Descarada, Ella No Esta En Na, La Soluccion De La Salsa